Monday, April 19, 2021



I listened to the Minority giving the Akufo-Addo administration a three day ultimatum to evacuate Ghanaians ‘stranded’ and caught in the web of the Chinese Province where the coronavirus is believed to be highly prevalent.

It was with grim despair and desolation listening to Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa and Kwabena Mintah-Akandoh jabbing the Akufo-Addo led Government for being insentient or insensitive to the plights of those 300 or so Ghanaian students who live in that part of China.

The Ghana Health Service and other related agencies have sought to calm the nerves of Ghanaians whose relatives are in that province and also assured the students to remain calm as the necessary steps are being taken to see the way forward.

Let’s subject the Minority’s self-serving call into perspective and relate same to best practices. The World Health Organization (WHO) has appealed to countries who do not have the wherewithal or muscle to contain this strange disease not to rush in evacuating their citizens while the International body is working around the clock to find an antidote to this deadly virus plaguing China.

Ghana’s health system, loath as I am to admit it, is not in a healthy position to accommodate people with the disease. No Ghanaian has been diagnosed with the virus, they will still be required to be quarantined for further tests to be run to ascertain whether they are coronavirus free or not. This, if the need arises, would be done by the Ghana Health Service and its allied partners if the evacuation is done eventually.

We should not lose sight of the fact that China is a heavy force to reckon with economically. When it comes to health infrastructure, they have one of the best systems in the world.

It, therefore, makes a lot of sense for the Ghanaian students to remain in China which has the best of health systems than Ghana. They are safer in China, under the circumstances, than being whisked out and brought back home.

The irony of the Minority’s ultimatum lies in their trips abroad to seek medical attention when they fall sick. They do that because in their minds, our healthcare system needs a bit of work to bring it to international standards.

It is strange why, under these circumstances, the Minority would not support the call for the students to remain in China and to be taken care of in case they get affected but would want them back home.

Coronavirus is contagious and spreads fast. Should any Ghanaian back home get infected by the deadly virus, the repercussions would be unbearable. These same Minority MPs would wake up to address the nation in press conferences to lambaste the Akufo-Addo administration for not being able to contain the spread of the disease.

The Minority MPs do not mean well. They travel abroad for medical care when they even have headaches but would want the Ghanaian students who are in a far better environment to be cared for to be transported back home! They simply see every challenge as a nail in a wood requiring a hammer. Their position is not only uninformed but also deficient in substance when it comes to this coronavirus and its attendant problems.

The decision to hold on for now with the evacuation is the best, in my considered opinion.

P.K.Sarpong, Whispers from the Corridors of the Thinking Place.


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